Abū Dharr al-Ghifāri

(d. 652)

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(d. 652)

Companion of the Prophet and subject of modern ideological debate. Shiis emphasize his criticism of the Umayyads and his early liaison with Ali and posit him as an Alid supporter; Sunnis stress his asceticism, piety, and advocacy for the poor. The Egyptian scholar Muhammad Sharqawi called al-Ghifari an ideal Muslim socialist.

Subjects: Islam.

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